The Professional Regulation Commission conferred the Outstanding Professional Librarian of the Year Award on Salvacion M. Arlante in 2003. The citation reads:

For her outstanding contributions towards the advancement of library science which earned for her numerous awards and distinctions; for her visionary leadership and outstanding achievements as the first President of the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. and as President of the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries; for her contributions to the drafting of the classification scheme (Thesaurus) of the Asian and Pacific Skill Development Programme of the International Labor Organization; for pioneering the networking for world-wide access of the University of the Philippines libraries and enlisting it and other academic institution[s] in an online regional database and in the Southeast Asian preservation program; and for conceptualizing and organizing [a] nationwide congress on state-of-the-art Filipiniana and heritage collections.

Thanks to Susima Gonzales and Lilia Echiverri for providing the citation.