The Institute of Social Order (ISO) was formally established in 1947 by Fr. Walter Hogan, S.J. who put flesh into the Social teachings of the Catholic Church by responding to the needs of the marginalized sectors in the Society. It is an operating organization which has strengthened people’s organizations, such as the San Dionisio Cooperative, the Federation of Free Farmers, the Federation of Free Workers, the Zone One Tondo Organization and the Urban Poor groups that significantly contributed to the passage of the Urban Development and Housing Act of 1992. Its main office is located at the Benigno Mayo Hall, Social Development Complex, Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The foundation has sixteen (16) full time staff, and ten (10) members of the Board of Trustees.
It was certified for three years on December 28, 2006 which ended on December 27, 2009. The organization was given a five-year certification as renewal on December 08, 2006 which expired on December 07, 2011. In June 2013, the organization was visited for its 2nd renewal, however, they failed to get their renewed DSWD registration due to the delay in DSWD’s processing of its application. In December 2014, they have submitted their updated DSWD registration and was re-visited on January 2015.
Its purposes (V-M-G), among others, are “to empower the poor and marginalized sectors of the Philippine society; to transform the unjust structures of power in the country through the promotion of a participatory, equitable, gender-sensitive and sustainable development process.” The Foundation’s programs/projects now focus on its Community Based Coastal Resources Management Program and operates in Bicol and Quezon Province.
Its sources of income include donations , local and foreign, and investments. The Foundation received a total of Php8,390,291.00 for 2012 and Php6,118,622.00 for 2013. The organization has an approved budget of Php9,546,687.00 for the year 2015.