The Institute of Social Order (ISO) was established in 1947 by Fr. Walter Hogan, SJ, alongside his lay partner Mr. Juan Tan, to help laborers improve their working conditions. Since then, ISO has pursued the work of concreting Catholic Social Teaching in providing the disadvantaged with access to resources and opportunities. For decades, the ISO organized the marginalized sectors and pioneered social development approaches in accordance with the call of the times. Since 1998, community-based coastal resource management has been implemented in an effort to help small-scale fishers gain access and improve their resource bases so that they may improve their living conditions and cope with the demands of the changing socio-political, economic, environmental, and cultural milieu.

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