There are five (5) award categories, an innovation introduced in the 2005 BagongBayani Awards to allow the recognition of specific contributions of OFWs corresponding to the different areas of their involvements. Likewise, the Awards encourages as many nominees as possible coming from all parts of the world.The highest honor is the Blas F. Ople Award para saNatatangingBagongBayani, which is awarded to the most outstanding and exemplary OFW who satisfies all the requirements of other awards criteria.