Awards committee chair Noreto Mazo said the citations are given to graduating students who deserve recognition for their outstanding leadership in the field of community service.
Recipients of the award may come from private and public high schools and state and private colleges in the province.
Mazo said this year's awardees have rendered support to youth protection in their respective schools and even in the adopted impoverished communities in North Cotabato's 1st and 2nd districts.
They have also extended community services outside of the schools particularly in indigenous peoples' villages.
"These awards will surely boost the morale of our graduating high schools and college students to continue what they have started while in school," Mazo stressed.
The Bernardo M. Piñol Sr. award was introduced by former governor and now Vice Governor Emmanuel F. Piñol in 1998.
The vice governor said it aims to recognize the capability of the students who excel in academics as well as in community service for the poor.
"We want that other students will also emulate what my deceased father had done during his time," he said.
The award was named after Bernardo M. Piñol Sr., who served as a provincial board member for almost 10 years. (MindaNews)