Location within Aklan province
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|Barangays||12 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Bayan|
|• Mayor||Mary Lenette R. Fernandez|
|• Total||23.4 km2 (9.0 sq mi)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||650/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|• Voter (2016)||8,731|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)36|
|Income class||5th class|
Lezo, officially the Municipality of Lezo (Aklanon: Banwa it Lezo; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Lezo; Filipino: Bayan ng Lezo), is a municipality in the province of Aklan in the Western Visayas (Region VI) of the Philippines. The population was 15,224 at the 2015 census. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 8,731 registered voters.
Before its creation into an independent municipality, Lezo was a barrio in Kalibo called Guicod derived from the word "Guicab" which means "a cavern in a creek where eels were in abundance", and was also known as Tierra Alta meaning a "high land" because the town center was not inundated during the great flood of the early 19th century.
When the Americans came in 1899, the military government appointed Felix Kimpo as head of the Calivo (covering the present territory of Kalibo, Numancia and Lezo). During the election in 1901 he was elected as the president from 1901 to 1903. At that time there were 34 towns in the province of Capiz, but these were reduced to 24 towns by a law passed by the civil Commission when it was found out that some towns were incapable of meeting their financial obligations and maintenance. So on April 4, 1903, through Act No. 720 of the Philippine Commission, Lezo, along with Numancia, and Banga was annexed to Kalibo for decreased of revenue collections.
On July 31, 1909, the civil commission passed another law separating Lezo (that includes Numancia) from Kalibo and making Lezo as the seat of government. Numancia then, became a barrio of Lezo. On December 31, 1916, through Act No. 2657, Lezo was part of the second district of the province of Capiz. In 1920 the situation was reversed with regards to the status of Lezo and Numancia. By Executive Order No. 17, series of 1920, the seat of government was transferred to Numancia and Lezo became a barrio of Numancia.
With several petitions by the residents over the years to separate from Numancia, President Manuel Quezon signed Executive Order No. 364 dated August 28, 1941 converting Lezo into an independent municipality. The inauguration of Lezo as a separate municipality was scheduled in 1942, but due to the outbreak of World War II it was deferred to January 1, 1945.
Lezo is located at.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, the municipality has a land area of 23.4 square kilometres (9.0 sq mi)  constituting 1.28% of the 1,821.42-square-kilometre- (703.25 sq mi) total area of Aklan.
|060408010||Santa Cruz Bigaa||7.1%||1,086||1,038||+0.86%|
|Population census of Lezo|
In the 2015 census, Lezo had a population of 15,224. The population density was 650 inhabitants per square kilometre (1,700/sq mi).
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 8,731 registered voters.
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