Mr. Frederick Clemo
F. J. D. Clemo, a British shipping executive, arrived in The Republic of the Philippines in 1950, transferred by United States Shipping Lines from their Hong Kong office to Manila, In 1968, he retired from U.S Lines and ventured into partnership with Filipino colleagues for the major purpose of locally representing various foreign shipping concerns.
On 6th July 1973, Aquila Maritime Business Inc. (Aquila), the first of what was then called The Aquila Group of Companies, was registered in the Philippines. In 1977 Mr. Frederick Clemo, best known as Freddie, became a naturalized Filipino citizen and assumed sole proprietorship of Aquila. With Aquila as the mother company, our organization has been involved in those days in a wide range of shipping-related activities: air and sea freight forwarding, N.V.O.C.C., trucking, brokerage, container leasing, and acted as agents in the Philippines for a number of foreign concerns.
As early as 1978 Aquila began handling on an ad hoc basis personal injury claims for the first of the Protection and Indemnity (P&I) Associations to approach our organization seeking purely commercial assistance. Within a few years Aquila's P&I involvement assumed so large a part of daily corporate life that the need for the incorporation of a separate Company became apparent.
Thus, in June of 1982 Pandiman Philippines, Inc.(an acronym for P-and-I Man(ila), was registered as Correspondent in the Philippines for the various P&I Associations looking to our organization for assistance.
It was the late Mr. Clemo who designed the Pandiman logo, which depicts a three-masted vessel towing to safety a second crippled vessel with a broken mast and collapsed sails, an analogous interpretation of the P&I mandate.
In 1980, Survey Specialists Inc. was founded by Mr. Clemo and his wife Janet Clemo, to handle surveying needs in and around the Philippines. Together with the newest company Aquila Resources and Holding Incorporation (ARHI) formed in 2010, the three organisations came to be known as the Pandiman Group of Companies.
Mr. Clemo died in 1999, passing the management gavel to his wife Janet who, as President, headed the management team for six years, with Andrew Malpass, ex Master Mariner, as Vice President and Fiona Malca, the second of the Clemo's three daughters, as Consultant. In 2005, Capt. Malpass became President and Mrs. Malca Executive Vice President and then Chief Financial Officer in 2017 when Mrs. Clemo, now Chairman, retired from full time involvement.
Mrs. Janet Clemo
The offices of the Aquila Group of Companies were located on the second and third floors of the former Philippine Veterans Bank Building until the property was acquired by Aquila Resources and Holdings Inc., the holding company of the Aquila Group, in 2010. Now it is known as the Pandiman Building and the Pandiman Group of Companies, occupying the entire three-storey sturcture. The building is located on Geneal Luna Street in Intramuros, which as its name denotes, is a walled city and is in the oldest and historical part of Metro Manila.
Pandiman's location is well suited for its purpose, being in Manila's dockland and close to the offices of the majority of those registered manning agents involved in the hiring of Filipino crew for many of the world's ocean going vessels. Also in the area are the Bureau of Immigration, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Ports Authority and the Coast Guard, to name but a few of the Government bodies with whom Pandiman maintains close contact and whose authority and cooperation have a vital effect upon P & I related matters.
Protection and Indemnity (P&I) is the traditional name for the coverage obtained by Shipowners and Charterers to protect and indemnify themselves against their legal liabilities to third parties. Shipowners entering their vessels with a particular P & I Association become members of that Association; thus, by definition the Associations are called Clubs.
Pandiman is correspondent in the Philippines for the majority of the P & I Associations (or clubs) of the International Group. Our ninety-five member staff includes teams of personal injury and marine claims executives well experienced in their respective fields.
Pandiman's daily routine necessitates liaison with the government arms most closely involved with the manning industry of the Philippines, namely the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the National Labor Relations Commision (NLRC)., AMOSUP, National Conciliation & Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of Labour & Employment (DOLE); Regional Trial Court (RTC); Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
To be recognized and respected as a premium P & I correspondent both locally and internationally.
In order to realize our vision, our mission must be to exceed the expectations of our customers, whom we define as seafarers and their families, industry associates, principals and fellow employees. We will accomplish this by committing to our shared values and by achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction. In this way, our teamwork will ensure that our profit, quality and growth goals are met.
Pandiman Core Values:
* Customer Service Excellence
* Open Communication