After the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) declared the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) a historical landmark last March 27, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) announced that it has stopped the negotiations with the City of Manila regarding the sale of the RMSC.
This was relayed by PSC Chairman William Ramirez to Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada in a letter dated July 25.
“In relation to the PSC’s commitment to provide quality sports experience and better sporting environment for the welfare of the national team, as well as in the pursuit to develop and further promote sports among Filipinos, the PSC has decided to put on hold the negotiations with the City of Manila regarding the sale of the RMSC,” said Ramirez in the letter.
The PSC chairman said in his letter that they would now just focus on the rehabilitation of the country’s 82-year-old sports complex and the modernization of its baseball field and other sports facilities.
“After one year of negotiations, it is not more of the price, but it was more of preserving what Rizal Memorial (Sports Complex) is all about. Its history, its passion, spirit, which is priceless aside from the price negotiation and other concerns,” Ramirez explained to the reporters on Wednesday.
“We thought that we have to rehabilitate Rizal Memorial with the consultation with NCCA. Actually, we can transfer (our offices and training venues) but I don’t want to be blamed by the Filipino athletes and the Filipinos with my decision. So, it was just a matter of listening to the majority of the people,” said Ramirez.
“I asked permission from Malacañang to terminate the negotiation [with City of Manila about the sale of RMSC]and I think many were happy of our decision,” he added.
Ramirez said the formal rehabilitation of RMSC could start on the last quarter of the year.