Map of Aklan with Lezo highlighted
|Region||Western Visayas (Region VI)|
|• Mayor||Victor L. Fernandez|
|• Total||23.40 km2 (9.03 sq mi)|
|• Density||620/km2 (1,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
- Sta. Cruz
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Before its creation into municipality, Lezo was a part of the Municipality of Kalibo. A barrio, it was called "Guicod" derived from the word "Guicab" which means a cavern in a creek where eels were in abundance, the place is located at the back of now the Lezo Integrated School.
This place was also called "Tierra Alta" meaning a high land because the center of the town was not covered by water during the great flood that occurred in early 19th century.
In 1865, Don Juan Legaspi and Benedicta Geronimo organized themselves and petitioned to the higher Spanish Authorities to grant the creation of the Municipality of Lezo, independent from Kalibo. The petition was granted and it was named in honor of a brave Spanish Naval Officer Lezo, who was always present during the various negotiations. The Municipality was inaugurated on July 6, 1865, as per decree on March 21, 1865 and Don Anacleto Ramos was appointed as the first Capitan Basal.
From that time on, several changes transpired on the titles and personalities holding the highest position of the Municipal Government of Lezo from Captain Basal to Capitan Municipal then to Presidente Local and the last is Presidente Municipal.
On September 12, 1900, a Treaty of Peace between the American Military Forces headed by a certain Captain Morton and the Filipino Revolutionary Unit in Aklan, headed by General Ananias Diokno chiefly mediated by Honorable Simeon Mobo Reyes, son of Lezo negotiated and signed the documents duly witnessed by the Representative of each municipality in the Region of Aklan.
In 1903 by virtue of Act No. 720 of the Philippine Commission dated April 4, 1903, Lezo, together with Numancia, and Banga was annexed to Kalibo for decreased of revenue collections. But because of indomitable spirit, the fight for independence from Kalibo was revived. In 1910, Lezo truly became an independent municipality, making her arabal. In 1911, the first municipal election was held and Cipriano Fernandez was elected Presidente Municipal until 1913 and re-elected for another term, but failed to finish his term due to his suspension. Marcos B. Cochiengco was appointed as the new Presidente Municipal by the Provincial Board and has served until 1918.
In 1918, President Manuel A. Roxas by virtue of Executive Order No. 17, series of 1920 and by Republic Act No, 3086 of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, dated March 16, 1923 placed the government of Lezo was transferred to Numancia, Aklan and reduced Lezo as one of its barangay.
With several petitions by the residents over the years to separate from Numancia, President Manuel Quezon signed the Executive Order No. 364 dated August 28, 1941 Lezo finally became 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.
Guerrilla Leader Captain Prudencio Fernandez initiated the celebration of the inauguration and Atty. Moises F. Morado, a young and only lawyer of the municipality was the first appointed mayor and served from 1942-1943.
Since 1942, up to the present there were already eleven (11) municipal mayors who served the Municipality of Lezo.
|Population census of Lezo|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Province: Aklan". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
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