About us

ISAC History

In view of the growing problems affecting seafarers in the midst of globalization, the urgency to organize and respond becomes evident. In 1998, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) set up the ITF-FOC Philippines Inc., a campaign office that initially addressed these problems. This office was untimely closed by the ITF on Sept 2002.

With its closure, the former staff members, together with seafarers, dockers, health workers, and labor leaders have decided to organize the International Seafarers Action Center (ISAC) Philippines Foundation Inc.

Imbued with sincere aspirations for social justice and the empowerment of the underprivileged, they launched ISAC on December 27, 2002 as an action center for the protection of seafarers’ rights and welfare.

It was registered as a non-stock, non-profit foundation on March 5, 2003 with SEC Registration CN 2000305426. Established with initial assistance from friends, advocates seafarers and trade unions, ISAC is presently operating as an NGO, a fully independent foundation pursuing the following:


Engendering a growing global community of empowered seafarers and families alleviated from socio-cultural, political and economic injustice.


Commitment to the promotion of people empowerment and social justice as well as the defense and protection of the rights, welfare and privileges of disadvantaged seafarers and their families.


  • Empower disadvantaged seafarers in the exercise of their civil, political, social, legal and economic rights;
  • Foster unity and solidarity among seafarers and link them to other workers and sectors such as labor unions, legal and medical professionals, institutions, NGOs and other international bodies;
  • Serve as an action center to assist seafarers and their families in the pursuit of their frights and in seeking meaningful reforms in the laws, policies and programs affecting them;
  • Promote research and development programs relevant to the total well being of seafarers and their families;
  • Disseminate information towards the awareness among seafarers about their situations, problems and solutions.


  • Build a network to give underprivileged seafarers access to efficient and effective legal and health services;
  • Coordinate paralegal and paramedical training, programs and projects for the development and empowerment of seafarers and their dependents;
  • Develop brochures, flyers, pamphlets and other information materials for seafarers;
  • Unite with other NGOs, institutions and labor unions regarding appropriate socio-political actions in the national and international level and the institutionalization of social justice and people empowerment in the seafaring industry.