Welcome to the Institute of Social Order



The Institute of Social Order or ISO has continued in its work as one of the social apostolates of the Society of Jesus. It is a non-government organization armed with a mission to uphold the rights and dignity of the poor and marginalized. Presently, ISO has been working with small municipal fishers, the sector considered to be the poorest of the poor in the country. Learn more about the rich history of the ISO in social development work starting from its founding in 1947.


Readnews items about the ISO’s activities in its current development work as well as topics related to these activities.


Learn more about the activities of the ISO. In line with the principles of faith that does justice, the ISO is currently implementing several programs that serve to empowerthe marginalized and help them manageof their natural resources.


Check out the various resources thatISO has produced through the years. The resources include researches and publications and even videos ofISO activities. The ISO also produced maps related to different aspects of ISO program areas. Lastly, the annual publication of the ISO, the Daluyan can also be found here.


Find out about the ISO’s facilities as well as make a reservation to use any of these facilities. The ISO has conference rooms available in the Walter Hogan Conference Center that can host conferences, events, and even serve as classrooms. It also has a residence hall that serves as both a dormitory and lodgings.

If you want to know more about the ISO, please feel free to contact usand we will gladly assist you in any way we can.


The Institute of Social Order (ISO) was formally established in 1947 through the efforts of Fr. Walter Hogan, S.J. in concretizing the social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Among the fruits of its endeavors is the formation and strengthening of several highly regarded people’s organizations like the San Dionisio Cooperative,the Federation of Free Farmers (FFF), the Federation of Filipino Workers (FFW), the Zone One Tondo Organization(ZOTO) and other urban poor groups that contributed significantly to the passage of the Urban Development and Housing Act in 1992.

Today, the ISO is pursuing development programs that adopt integrated, community and value based approaches in partnership with the government and the other development-oriented organizations. These programs are focused on environmental management and gender-equity. The Institute is also reviving its training and education programs in response to the continuing needs of the basic sector and partner  organizations.

Along with these, the Institute works towards professionalizing and streamlining its development approaches/models and management system so it can serve its target clients better and to contribute the furtherance of NGO work and technologies.

ISO Programs

In pursuit of its Vision, Mission and Goals, the ISO implements Community-based Coastal Resources Management to benefit local fishers and safeguard fishery resources. The ISO implements the following Overall strategies in pursuit of this.

Overall Program Strategies

Participatory Action Research. Community members are involved in the identification, analysis and assessment of their economic, socio-cultural, political, and environmental situations.

Community-Based Integrated Area Development. Local communities, government agencies and other sectors are enjoined to participate in the effort to collectively address environmental concerns.

Solid Community Organizing. Local people will be organized to harness the resources and capabilities of local institutions, particularly the local government units and concerned line agencies.

Environmental Conservation and Protection. Community members assist in the regeneration of marine and coastal resources through vigilance and active involvement of organized and trained community members in the enforcement of state laws on natural resources.

Livelihood Development. Community members assist in the regeneration of marine and coastal resources through vigilance and active involvement of organized and trained community members in the enforcement of state laws on natural resources.

Capability Building. Fishers and the local government units are trained on various aspects of community-based natural resource management practices.

Networking, Linkaging and Advocacy. Institutional and mass-based support for environmental projects are ensured through massive advocacy campaigns to increase the level of awareness among community members on the importance of cooperation in the implementation of community-based natural resource management.

The ISO implements the following:


Daluyan: ISO’s annual publication