Dadivas allows private hospitals to use Roxas Covid-19 lab


Private hospitals in Roxas City can avail themselves of the services of the city government-run coronavirus (Covid-19) testing laboratory.

A memorandum of agreement for this was signed between the city government and the private hospitals yesterday.

Mayor Ronnie Dadivas said the Roxas City Diagnostic and Laboratory Center, which was inaugurated last October 20, will make it faster to identify and act on confirmed Covid-19 cases. (

This is the first molecular laboratory in the province of Capiz, the 10th in the whole Western Visayas, and the 112th in the country.

Dadivas said the facility is the city’s “strong and concrete response” to the pandemic.

“Having our own testing center is the next best thing to a vaccine because this will facilitate efficient testing, contact tracing, and prevention of the spread of infection,” he also said.

Testing is free for the qualified and eligible, such as those with exposure to positive cases, and residents of Roxas City. Tourists and those who want to be tested for employment purposes have to pay.